Grade 9

Ninth grade is a year of powerful shared experiences. The class begins the year with a three-day trip to Cape Cod. Along with biking and hiking, the students engage in team-building activities and plan a skit for the opening school assembly about Falco's PRIDE, the school's character initiative. Back at school, they begin their high school studies with a humanities course focused on cultures and conflict, an English course that delves into contemporary literature and writing, a field-based biology course, advanced study of modern language and Latin, continuation of music electives in drumming, steel pan, and handbells, sophisticated techniques in arts, and a complex play in drama. At the heart of the ninth grade year is our exchange program with the Yali School in China. In the fall, Foote students host visitors from Yali; in the spring, our students travel to China for a two-week exploration of the country, including a four-day homestay with their Chinese peers.

The sixth grade Festival of the World caps a yearlong study of global cultures, religions and geography. Each student studies a different country, creating a range of informational and artistic projects, including a model of a famous landmark.

Meet Beth Mello

Beth Mello

As interim Head of Middle School, Beth provides educational leadership in Grades 6–9. As Assistant Head of School, she oversees the school's curriculum development; diversity, inclusion and social justice initiatives; and faculty professional development.

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